“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” Haley said in an interview with Politico about Trump following the Capitol riots.
Nikki Haley, Donald Trump's former UN ambassador and a close friend of his, has harshly criticized the former president with regard to his involvement in the US Capitol riots. The high-profile Republican is believed to be considering running for the 2024 Presidential election herself, as she comes out with the rebuke for her former boss. In an interview with Politico, she said, “He’s not going to run for federal office again.” She believed that Trump had dug himself into a hole over the course of his administration and fall into obscurity.
“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she went onto say. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.” She had walked out of the Trump administration much ahead of time unlike the other members of the GOP who exited after the debacle at the Capitol. She was even praised in The New York Times editorial as “that rarest of Trump appointees: one who can exit the administration with her dignity largely intact.” During her short stint in Trump's office, she managed to make a name for herself and with that carved a space for herself in the world of politics.
Haley seemed certain during her interview that Trump would not be coming back to power or running for president again. “I think he’s going to find himself further and further isolated,” she said. “I think his business is suffering at this point. I think he’s lost any sort of political viability he was going to have. I think he’s lost his social media, which meant the world to him. I mean, I think he’s lost the things that really could have kept him moving.” For the longest time, she has managed to keep the MAGA folks happy as well as maintain her reputation with the GOP.
This was especially important considering how she came to acknowledge that Trump's standing among the Republicans would always be strong. “I know how much people love Donald Trump. I know it. I feel it," she said in the interview. But she also added, “Nor do I think the Republican Party is going to go back to the way it was before Donald Trump. I don’t think it should. I think what we need to do is take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did, and get back to a place where we can be a good, valuable, effective party. But at the same time, it’s bigger than the party. I hope our country can come together and figure out how we pull this back.”
Nikki Haley, 18 days ago: “I mean at some point, give the man a break” pic.twitter.com/aUzGQNHwCY— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) February 12, 2021
Haley was also very vocal about her disappointment in the way Trump treated his close ally and former vice-president, Mike Pence. “When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” she stated. “Mike has been nothing but loyal to that man. He’s been nothing but a good friend of that man. … I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”
She also expressed how "deeply disturbed" she was to see what happened to Trump after the elections, spreading misinformation about a rigged election that was "stolen" and calling out for riots. “Never did I think he would spiral out like this. … I don’t feel like I know who he is anymore. … The person that I worked with is not the person that I have watched since the election,” she stated.